Nomophobia and a technosabbath

According to Psychology Today there’s something called “nomophobia.” It’s “the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact.”

I read about one study that said more people are even taking their smart phones with them into the shower.

Maybe that’s you. Maybe it’s not. Either way, more and more of us are increasingly tethered to our smart phones.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is all the biblical commands to rest—probably because I find it hard to do. Just this morning I was reading about how Jesus withdrew to “a solitary place” (Matthew 14:13) and later went “on a mountainside by himself to pray” (verse 23).

It didn’t say he went someplace by himself, tweeted out a few quotes, posted a selfie on Instagram, and liked a bunch of Facebook pics by his buddy the Baptist. Well, you’re right; he walked the earth pre-social media, but you get my drift!

Even when we think we’re resting or having downtime, too much technology stimulates our brains to the point where we’re not really resting.

So if you struggle to find rest like I do—and if you feel that you’re always tired and drained—maybe you need to join me in earmarking certain periods for technosabbath: blackout periods for smartphones and technology. Maybe it’s on Sundays, or maybe it’s after 7pm. Whatever.

I’m not saying all of the time, but some of the time.

Rest isn’t just about the body, it’s about the brain. And I believe God wants us to be at our best; to do that, we need to make some space for rest.

By Matthew  Ruttan

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